The following reviews have been taken verbatim from the magazines in which they appear. They have not been altered in any way.
Dirt Magazine: Remedy - Trail Bike of the Year: It took a few hesitations before some Trek team riders realized the full potential of the Remedy 29 and that was after Tracy Moseley had nonchalantly taken the Enduro World Series apart on what was after all merely a "technical trail bike." It's a bike that has all the key ingredients - angles, light weight, silent ride, and impressive component package - but it's the absolutely immense rear damping that stands it apart. The RE:aktiv damper gives an element of sensitivity lacking on so many bikes but then it's a shock suspension system designed as one. It is easy to forget the new 148mm rear wheel spacing designed for improved rigidity but the problem for this bike is that it's so good you just want to go charging into terrain normally made difficult for 160mm bikes in which case keep an eye on the wheels "Trail Bike of the Year" but with an eye on "Enduro bike of the year.”
Decline Magazine: Head of the House: Trek's 140mm Remedy line runs the gamut from sub-$3,000 entry level bikes to this full carbon, XTR-equipped race machine. We built up our Remedy and ran a Fox 36 with 150mm of travel and couldn't believe how much fun we could have on this shorter travel rig. Trek's once American-made OCLV carbon offers an incredibly stiff yet comfortable ride over the roughest terrain and keeps asking for more. We found ourselves testing this bike on some of our favorite rock trails and putting down times rivaling 160mm bikes without feeling like we were getting kicked all over the place. And we did that after climbing up minutes faster, thanks to the sub 26-pound weight and improved pedaling efficiency. Trek's new RE:aktiv shock technology works well and helps keep the rear wheel tracking and moving like it's got more than 140mm of travel. However, heavier riders or those who are faster/more aggressive will be beyond the capabilities of the stock shock tune, so we highly recommend purchasing Push Industries volume spacer for roughy $20 and it will transform the ride to your aggressive trail needs. The lightweight, capable geometry and good suspension performance make the Remedy an incredible all-around trail bike. If you enjoy spending long days in the saddle, or are looking for a lightweight, efficient bike that you can confidently send into some bad situations without feeling like you're on a XC race bike, the Remedy has got you covered.